HULA GIRLS to Raise Funds for Japan!

There will be 3 screenings this Saturday at our cinema in NEW PEOPLE to help raise funds for Japan. If you are in the Bay Area, please come join us!

HULA GIRLS is a film set in Fukushima prefecture, the site of the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that was heavily damaged during the recent earthquake and tsunami on March 11th.

Based on a true story set in 1965, this heartwarming film is about coal miners’ daughters who took a once-in-a-lifetime chance to escape their monotonous lives, only to become unwitting heroes to their depressed mining town as well as the whole of Japan.

HULA GIRLS was Japan’s official entry to the 2007 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category and also won four Japanese Academy Awards the same year including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.

3/26 (Sat) at 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm

Tickets: suggested donation of $10 or more at the box office
Or purchase advance tickets online (there is a service fee for online purchases)

100% of proceeds will be donated to the NORTHERN JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND


March 24th, 2011

Help with Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

NEW PEOPLE is in solidarity with the relief work for the earthquake and tsunami damage of March 11th. The level of devastation is still yet to be clear, however, right now we know that EVERY DIME counts. Japan is in dire need of your help.

As a member of the film community, we are supporting our friend Mr. Tsutsumi’s fund as a trusted method for donations:

Artists Help Japan – Earthquake & Tsunami 2011

Donate Now at

Artists Help Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Fund is responding to the immediate needs of survivors as well as short-term to long-term recovery projects undertaken by the affected communities. Founded by Dice Tsutsumi, an art director at Pixar Animation Studios who was also behind 2008 Totoro Forest Project to help preserve Sayama Forest in Japan and Sketchtravel Project. We are partnering with Give2Asia, which has a local team based in Tokyo to assess the current situation and to obtain more information on the needs of survivors. Give2Asia helped animation industry famous Totoro Forest Project efficiently send fund to Japan and has a great reputation when it comes to humanitarian efforts in Asia.

Please make a contribution today to help the survivors!
And spread the word on your blog and facebook!!

March 14th, 2011

Rebrand as NEW PEOPLE Entertainment

VIZ Pictures, Inc., the film distributor and producer behind the Japanese pop culture venue in San Francisco known as NEW PEOPLE, has announced that it will now operate as a newly established company, NEW PEOPLE, Inc., to re-brand and create synergy between all corporate divisions. The company’s film distribution and licensing division will operate as NEW PEOPLE Entertainment.

NEW PEOPLE Entertainment is complemented by the launch of another dedicated film and event production division – NEW PEOPLE Productions – that will organize and manage the annual J-Pop Summit Festival as well as future film premieres, live events, and the development of original programming. The J-Pop Summit Festival takes place in San Francisco every summer and has become one of the largest events in the U.S. devoted to Japanese pop culture, film, fashion, food, art, and music. The 2010 festival attracted over 40,000 people. The 2011 J-Pop Summit Festival is currently being planned for August.

“The re-branding and launch of these new divisions within the NEW PEOPLE organization will allow us to better execute our core mission to bring Japanese and Asian pop culture in a variety of forms to U.S. audiences,” says Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO of NEW PEOPLE Inc., and the founder of the NEW PEOPLE venue. “We’ve also expanded our corporate operations to include a recently opened office in Tokyo that will act as a channel to help facilitate future creative endeavors and partnerships with Japanese-based artists and film and media companies, as well as work to bring select U.S. brands to Japan.”

Horibuchi has spent his career working to popularize Japanese pop culture throughout North America. He founded VIZ Media in the 80s to distribute anime and manga comics for English audiences, and the company has become one of the largest and most successful publishers of Japanese entertainment media based in the U.S. In 2005, he founded VIZ Pictures, Inc., a company dedicated to bringing Japanese live-action films to the American audience. In 2009, he founded NEW PEOPLE as a first-of-its-kind destination devoted to film, fashion, art and unique retail brands and a company to foster creative collaboration among artists, filmmakers, fashion labels, and retail brands influenced by Japanese popular culture.

February 8th, 2011

GANTZ at VIZ Cinema (subtitled)!

For ONE NIGHT ONLY on 2/19 (Sat) at 7:15pm

All GANTZ fans in the Bay Area or any one who plans to be in San Francisco on Feb 19th – now enjoy the freshly premiered movie in Japanese with English subtitles – for one night only at VIZ Cinema in San Francisco! All attendees will receive a free GANTZ Poster!

About the film:
(Directed by Shinsuke Sato, 129min, 2011, Digital, Japanese with English subtitles)

College student Kei Kurono (Kazunari Ninomiya) witnesses his childhood friend Kato (Kenichi Matsuyama) attempting to help a drunk who has fallen onto the subway train tracks and jumps in to help him. However, both are run down by the oncoming train. In the next instant, they are transported to a strange room in an apartment where there are others who should be dead as well. In the center of the living room is an enigmatic black orb known as ‘GANTZ’. GANTZ forces each of them to take part in a mission to hunt down and kill aliens, providing them with equipment and weaponry. Is this world, which tests their will to survive, a game or reality?

For more information, visit

Tickets: $12 – BUY NOW!

February 3rd, 2011

Thank you for coming to GANTZ!

Did you all enjoy the show? This was such as exciting opportunity to be able to have the two starring actors come to Hollywood for the premiere AND to be able to broadcast the footage live to fans across the nation!

Thank you NCM Fathom for partnering with us again and to those of you who made it out to the event. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

January 24th, 2011

Have Questions for GANTZ Actors?

Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama will appear in-person for the premiere of GANTZ at Mann’s Chinese 6 in Hollywood, CA on January 20th, which will be broadcasted live to 333 theaters nationwide.

Have questions for the two actors? Here is your chance to ask!
Submit questions HERE!!!

Your question just might get answered by the actors during the live interview after the feature film.

To purchase tickets to the over 300 theaters nationwide, please visit!

January 12th, 2011

GANTZ Actors Appearance

Mann’s Chinese 6, located in the Hollywood & Highland Mall in the heart of Hollywood, CA, will host the film’s theatrical premiere in a gala screening beginning at 5:00pm on January 20th.

Audiences are invited to join Otaku USA Editor-in-Chief Patrick Macias immediately following the screening as he leads an insightful discussion session on GANTZ and conducts in-person interviews with several cast members. More details about this session and the chance for audience members to submit interview questions will be announced next week.

Seating for the Mann’s Chinese 6 screening is limited to 400 seats, so the opportunity to purchase tickets to the event will be awarded through a drawing.

Enter sooner for a better chance to win HERE.

Winners will be notified promptly via email and will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for $15.00 each. All movie attendees will also receive a special GANTZ t-shirt.

January 6th, 2011

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